I'm Hannah Bryerton, a Chick-fil-A eating, TJ Maxx loving, Christmas-obsessed creative who genuinely loves people. When I'm not documenting once in a lifetime moments, you will likely find me consuming copious amounts of ice cream, dancing to early 2000's hip-hop or Taylor Swift, planning my next trip to somewhere warm, binge-watching shows on Netflix with my husband, or trolling TJ Maxx for the second time this week. My major flaws include: an extreme fear of mice + bats, backseat driving, continuously changing my hairstyle, laughing way too hard at my own jokes, writing extremely long emails/texts/Instagram captions, owning far too many pairs of shoes, always making lists, and overreacting every time I see a golden retriever. (Although, just a disclaimer, I will not apologize for any of these shortcomings!)
Really & truly, I believe that I was put on this earth to love the heck out of people. Years ago, I asked the Lord to make me a blessing... & He shaped me into a wedding photographer. He said, "Show them grace, love them well, & use your gifts for the greater good" ...so that's what I strive to do every day with this little business.
When I turned 14, I was given the greatest birthday gift of all time: my golden retriever, Jackson. He was my best friend for 10 beautiful years. In August 2016, I lost him to cancer, & not a day goes by where I don't think about how much I miss his presence. The love of a golden is unconditional and indescribable. I often joke that I attract clients who are "golden people" because so many own & love golden retrievers, just like I do. (One of many reasons my clients are simply the greatest!)
Summer is my favorite season & Western NY has some of the best there are to offer! When winter rolls around, you'll find me planning my next trip south as soon as the snow falls. I swear I am a southern belle at heart, who happened to be born in the sweetest town north of the Mason-Dixon. One day, I dream of finding a cute little southern town to call home (that I hopefully love equally as much as Clymer!) Until then, I plan to keep traveling until I find it!
On September 26, 2015, I captured a wedding & met the most strikingly-handsome, kind-hearted groomsman: Jesse Bryerton. In the middle of bridal portraits, I secretly gushed to his sister (the bride) about how cute I thought he was! I even joked around asking if Jesse happened to be searching for a wife. Little did I know, I was asking if future husband was looking for me all along. (Moral of the story: Shoot your shot, ladies. You never know when you might out-kick your coverage & wind up convincing them to marry you!)
If you look up the word "selfless" in a dictionary, you will find this woman's picture. Never in my life have I met someone as amazing as Kathy Neckers. She single-handedly transformed our backyard into a venue and made every last wedding dream of mine come true on July 14, 2018. (From building lanterns, to huge glass jar lights with Edison bulbs, designing layouts, table arrangements, all the flowers & more...) She is my favorite person in the world & I would never be where I am today without her constant love and support.
My mother & I began watching "Fixer Upper" far before it was the cool thing to do. I fell in love with these two during episode one and may, or may not, have shed a few tears when they announced the show was ending. As a means of coping, Jesse & I bought our own fixer-upper and it's safe to say we will now have our hands full for the next two decades. Plot Twist: Chip & Jo make remodeling a home seem a lot more fun than it is real life.
Sweaters. Socks. Slippers. Pajamas. Blankets. Pillows.
Cozy is practically my middle name. The older I get, the more & more introverted I become. I would still consider myself incredibly social, but after a long week of work, there is nothing I love more than a lazy Sunday at home. Comfy & cozy are two of my favorite words & they very accurately describe my lifestyle outside of the business world. Netflix binge watchers, can I get an amen?
Y'all... the addiction is so real. This drink paired with a spicy chicken sandwich (extra pickles), waffle fries & Chick-fil-A sauce, is my go to any day of the week. (Well...except Sunday, of course!) If I tell you I love you more than all the Chick- fil-A lemonades in the world, I mean serious business. (& no, it can't be just any lemonade; it has to be Chick!) If my clients could pay me solely in gift cards, I'd be the happiest (& largest) photographer in America.
Romantic, historic & southern. Is there really anything better? This place is a photographer's paradise: cobblestone streets, Spanish moss, historic plantations, and some of the best food you will EVER eat! I won't even think twice about shooting a session or wedding in this city. Not to mention it's where Jesse & I got engaged. This place will forever have my heart!
At the risk of y'all thinking I am completely out of my mind, I will proceed to admit that the tune is usually the Jurassic Park theme song. And, admittedly, I have only seen the original movie once. I whistle this song so often, that it has become an inside joke between Jesse & I. As a surprise on our wedding day, I walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys rendition of this melody. Annnd we all cried our eyes out. (If you think I'm crazy, I dare you to YouTube that version right now! It's tear-jerkingly beautiful!)
Give me all the sunny beaches, historic cities & scenic views.
Road trips seem great in theory, until you're stuck in traffic for hours.
In the car, kitchen or grocery aisle. If the music is good, this girl dances.
I never claimed it was pretty.
"Only one more email" at 9 PM turns into twelve more emails 'til 1 AM. This is a daily occurrence.
Hate is an understatement. You will never meet less of a morning person in your lifetime. I promise.
Food is my love language. I'd consider eating a hobby... if that was normal.
Disclaimer: It's not that I can't do it. It's that I simply don't like to.
If bargain hunting was an Olympic sport, I'd have more medals than Michael Phelps.
As a child, I always had an emergency fund in a jar under my bed. Dave Ramsey would be proud.
Nothing feels as good as checking every item off your to-do list. Nothing.
"I will be back in fifteen hours, seriously what's the point?" -Me every morning
I'm one of those November 1st people & gift giving is my love language. It really is the most wonderful time of year!
Snow is the bane of my existence. Everything would be fine if it simply stopped snowing in January. Not April.
Just like you've found your once-in-a-lifetime person, I want to be your once-in-a-lifetime photographer. I want you to look at my photographs and think, "holy MOLY this is IT!" (As you dance around in excitement) I want to photograph couples who are fun, joyful & genuine... who aren't afraid to be themselves... who are weird & goofy and so stupidly in love that nothing else matters! So are we a good fit? Well, you tell me! If I am your once-in-a-lifetime photographer... I say we do this thing!
backyard ceremonies & tented receptions
wedding parties that never stop dancing
organic & loose floral bouquets
unplugged wedding ceremonies
muted, pastel tones
anniversary dances with cute grandparents
rain-free, sunny days
amazing vendor teams
seamlessly coordinated color schemes
sporadic dance parties
ice cream sundaes
fun bridal parties
taking Sundays off
getting-ready rooms with no windows
untimely email responses
incognito seafood hors d'oeuvres
dark venues with black ceilings
being stuck in traffic
drunk, provocative groomsmen + guests
running out of daylight
making guests wait at the reception
raunchy bouquet & garter tosses
unorganized family formals
empty cookie tables
carrying all the gear without an assistant
bossy church ladies
cheesy Pinterest fads
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